[GIVEAWAY] Purl Alpaca Designs CLOSED


Remember the Icon Dress? Designed by Kari-Helene of Purl Alpaca Designs, it was my big project of 2014, and one of the most rewarding pieces of knitting I’ve ever undertaken. I wear it infrequently, as it feels quite indulgent lounging around at home in a luxurious garment…but when I do, I feel like a million bucks.

The Icon Dress.
The Icon Dress.

As makers, many of us would be stranded without patterns (ha, another knitting pun..?). I’ve had my moments of designing my own knitting and creating finished pieces from my creativity and knowledge of the craft; but sometimes all you want is to sit down and follow a pattern. I know that there are a lot of pattern designers out there who feel the same way.

Focusing on that need for great patterns, Kari-Helene has generously offered a giveaway of one of her patterns!

Purl Alpaca Designs

This amazing company is a partnership between Kari-Helene Rane and Tracy Birch; Kari is the primary designer, Tracy the alpaca keeper who adds her own designs from time-to-time! They supplement their alpaca stocks with fibre from Devon (pretty sure I met some of these alpacas when I was at p-LUSH!) You can find out more about them here – and scroll down to the bottom of this post to see a video of Tracy making candles in a former life…

One of the best things about PAD is the kits they sell. With the amazing patterns designed by Kari-Helene, and the fibre from Tracy’s alpacas, you can kit yourself out from head to toe, not forgetting toys if you fancy them. The range is fantastic, and doesn’t forget the men either. If you don’t want to buy a kit, you can purchase the patterns individually – and you can also get the yarn without a pattern if you just want to play with squishy alpaca fibre.

The beautiful Purl Alpaca ladies, with the Icon Dress that inspired me behind them. The Knitting and Stitching Show, March 2015.
The beautiful Purl Alpaca ladies, with the Icon Dress that inspired me behind them. The Knitting and Stitching Show, March 2015.

The patterns are beautifully written, the photography is stunning and pattern support is great. The paper patterns are printed on super robust paper, which is actually almost card, and last through a variety of tortures. They’re also not exclusively for alpaca yarn, although that is what they are designed in; if you swatch and get gauge and a fabric you love in another fibre, no problem.

If you can’t knit but want one of these designs for fashion, you can also get them knitted up for you. It’s not cheap, and nor should it be – find out more here.

When I was knitting Icon Dress (in 100% merino), I couldn’t figure out how to do the picot hem; after about an hour of chatting to Kari-Helene on Twitter and trying to describe the problem, I eventually uploaded a YouTube video which she watched, then replied telling me what I was doing wrong. It didn’t occur to me that this was going a bit above and beyond the call of duty until later, and I’ll remain forever grateful to her for it.

Visiting the Purl Alpaca stand at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in my Icon Dress.
Visiting the Purl Alpaca stand at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in my Icon Dress.

As for the yarn, it is all spun up by the Natural Fibre Co and available in a load of beautiful natural shades. You can’t beat a bit of alpaca, in my opinion! All yarns are spun in two weights, fine and medium and all the yardage information is included on the yarn pages.

Have I sold you yet? Here’s how can you enter to get your hands on a Purl Alpaca Designs pattern for free.

The Giveaway

Please head over to the pattern pages on the Purl Alpaca Designs website (or the designer page on Ravelry is here) and let me know in a comment on this post what pattern you would most like to knit. If you win, you will get a copy of that pattern (single patterns only, no collections) so make sure it’s a good’un!

I think the next one I’m going to do is the Maddie Leaf Dress – I admire it everytime I see Kari-Helene and Tracy at shows, they have a mannequin with the sample on most of the time, and it’s glorious.

The beautiful Maddie Leaf Dress with a black petticoat underneath.
The beautiful Maddie Leaf Dress with a black petticoat underneath.

The giveaway is open to everyone, anywhere, and will run until 5pm GMT on the 6th of May 2015. The winner will be notified by email – please ensure you leave an email address, otherwise the prize will be redrawn.

Prizes are drawn by random number generator.

Best of luck!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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47 Responses to [GIVEAWAY] Purl Alpaca Designs CLOSED

  1. Diane F says:

    Beautiful designs I really like the Venus coat, Maddie dress and of course the Icon dress, If I win I would like to try the Maddie dress.
    Your dress is gorgeous perfectly matching with that fox scarf.

  2. All the patterns are lovely, if I won I would like the pattern to knit the “Coco Hat” please.

  3. dutchess says:

    If I win I would like the Cleo skirt pattern. I have wanted to knit a skirt for a while now and I love that this one can be worn as a skirt, a dress or a poncho. How multi-functional!

  4. Therese says:

    I’m torn between the Maddie Leaf Dress and the Isis Tailcoat. I have the yarn for the cardigan just waiting for the pattern :)

  5. Iris says:

    Thanks so much for making me aware of Purl Alpaca Designs. Just had a look at the Ravelry page and their patterns are absolutely gorgeous! If I have to pick one I’d definitely go with the Icon Dress though – such a stunning dress, I would love to knit it. :)

  6. Karlaris says:

    It is difficult to chose one but if I win I would like the Venus Coat pattern… it’s amazing!

  7. Charmaine says:

    Although I haven’t got the figure to wear the Icon dress out, I’d love to knit it and galumph around the house; and maybe, just maybe, I might be tempted to wear it outside , if I can breathe in for long enough

  8. Julia says:

    What a lovely collection of patterns. I’d like to make the Cyrene Jacket

  9. K says:

    I would love a copy of the Icon dress pattern. Square neck, flared skirt, it is just a great design.

  10. Linda Rumsey says:

    Such beautiful patterns! Finally settled on the Isis Tailcoat as I know I would get a lot of wear out of it.

  11. craftyone says:

    i really and truly like the breeze top…too cute!

  12. bleusheep says:

    As much as I love the dresses, I think I like Al Paca the best!

  13. Heli says:

    My absolute favourite is Niobe Jumper

  14. Linda G says:

    I would love to make the Venus Coat! Long jackets get me every time.

  15. John says:

    What a great idea. I’d love to make the Florence Cowl for my eldest sis who gifted me with some sport yarn years ago that I haven’t found the perfect pattern for (until now). :)

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Icon dress has been in my queue for ages! But I have yet to buy it. :D

  17. April R. says:

    The Maddie Leag Dress! So gorgeous with the petticoat.

  18. Roxanne Stevens says:

    Gorgeous patterns! I really like the Maddie Children’s dress.

  19. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    I like the pattern Happy Hat and Cuffs.

  20. Ioanna says:

    I would like to knit Esme Jumper. It’s so beautiful and so cozy!

  21. Lucia says:

    I would knit the Maddie Children’s dress for my granddaughter! It’s beautiful! knittylucia on Ravelry

  22. ~Julie says:

    The Isis Tailcoat hands-down is my fave! Thanks for hosting the give-away.

  23. Carmen N says:

    I already had three patterns in my Ravelry favorites :) … top of my list would have to be Maddie Dress

  24. Lise Mendel says:

    The Icon Dress pattern has been in my favorites for a long time. I’d love to knit it. :)

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  26. Tea says:

    Wow you have some of the loveliest designs. I think I would have to knit the Esme Jumper or the Isis Tailcoat. Both are absolutely stunning!!

  27. Deborah Z says:

    Since I am about 75% done with the Icon dress, and I absolutely love cables I would love to try the Esme jumper. It is right up my alley, and the style suites me as well.

  28. Freya Barcock-Jones says:

    Wow they are all amazing how did I miss them at the knitting and stitching show? I’m gutted! I absolutely adore the icon dress, absolutely amazing!

  29. Valerie says:

    hmmmm – tough one! Many wonderful designs!
    The winner for me would be the Honesty Cardigan!
    Thanks for this opportunity!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    The Icon dress speaks to me loud and clear. It reminds me I can be feminine post breast cancer and and continue being myself.

    • Lesley says:

      I’m not sure if you’ll see this Elizabeth but if you do, I’d really like to gift this pattern to you. Send me a PM on Ravelry – username: Superfoxrocks

  31. Lesley says:

    Wow! Such gorgeous designs…thanks for sharing them! I think I’d want to start with the Esme Jumper but I now have 5 new favorites added on Ravelry :)

  32. Cassandra says:

    Some really pretty designs – the dresses are amazing – thanks for the opportunity to win one

    • Corrie Berry says:

      Hi Cassandra, you are the winner! I have emailed you but not heard anything back – please get back to me as soon as possible and I will get the pattern to you, otherwise we will redraw the winner so someone else gets the prize. Best wishes!

  33. Rowan says:

    I’ve admired Purl Alpaca Design’s wares at a number of events. I’m still tossing up between the Isis Tailcoat and the Persephone Cardigan – both are totally gorgeous.

  34. Hannah says:

    I bought the Icon pattern at Wonderwool with the intent of making my wedding dress out of it!

    I love the Isis tailcoat as well – though it’s hard to just choose a favourite!

  35. dianne45 says:

    Wow! So many lovely designs! Why didn’t I discover them earlier? I would LOVE to make the Maddie Leaf Dress! It’s stunning! Love the hem – and the upper part would fit us “not longer 16”!

  36. Martha says:

    Oh my goodness! I’m so torn between the Icon Dress and the Maddie Dress!

    I would be happy with either, but if I have to choose… I’m going to ask for the Icon. But boy howdy it’s a close call!

  37. Nicky Roo says:

    So many lovely patterns. I’d like to make the Isadora jersey I think

  38. Jacinda says:

    The Venus coat is beautiful, as are all your patterns.

  39. Lulu says:

    I love these patterns! I do not know if I’m good enough to knit this but I would really like to try the Isis Tailcoat. Thank you for the giveaway!
    patmom on Ravelry

  40. Pamela says:

    I absolutely love so many of your patterns! I would have to choose between the Maddie dress and the Isis Tailcoat. Hmmm…. I guess, if I have to choose, it will be the Maddie–I can make one for DD, and dream of maybe, someday, once again having the figure to wear one myself! Both absolutely gorgeous, but worsted jackets are really only wearable in Texas about 10 -15 days a year. I am harrps57 on ravelry.

  41. Jenifer says:

    Love the icon dress. Adore the maddie dress. But can’t seem to pick one over the other so…going with the Niobe jumper. Truly stunning designs! <3

  42. Kate says:

    Isis tailcoat!

  43. Elizabeth says:

    I think for me it would have to be the Icon dress. I love knitted dresses, they’re great for curvy ladies! I’d love to see you knit up the maddie dress, it looks gorgeous!

  44. Sandra says:

    Gaia skirt, please!

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